Sunday 18th March 2018
5th Sunday of Lent

All Age Service at 10:30am

Lead: Rev. Christy

Readings: Psalm 51:1-13, Exodus 2:1-10, Galatians 4:4-9

Talk: Carmel


Gracious Father You gave up Your Son out of love for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour's blood, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please join us for a cuppa after the service


Sunday 25th March 2018
Palm Sunday

Communion Service at 10:30am

Lead: Dave E

Readings: Psalm 118:19-end, Isaiah 50:4-9a, John 12:12-16

Talk: Rev. Christy


  • Pray that our love for God and one another may grow
  • Pray for the bereaved, lonely and sick, especially Len, Matthew, Edward, Jeff Fraser, Alice Howsen, Carmella Gerber's son and Fitzroy (Sheva's Husband )
  • Pray for the Homeless and the less privileged
  • Pray for all those who teach or attend Earlham Primary School Centre and those we met during the Parish Outreach.
  • Pray for the World and its Leaders
  • Pray for all Churches and her Leaders
  • Pray that you may inspire someone this week with the message and love of Christ

Scripture for the Week: Galatians 4:6-7a

Because you are his children, God sent the spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out "Abba, Father". So you are no longer a slave, but God's child.

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Easter Cards: Please collect Easter cards from the Welcome Desk and give them to your friends and neighbours

Every Saturday 9:30am-10:30am: Join Carmel and others to pray for St Matthews Church

Every Sunday 10am: Join Sandra E, Joyce and others for Prayers before the Service

Stratford Rising Stars: Monday 19th March at 6:30pm.

Morning Prayer: Wednesday 21st March at 9am and coffee at 10am

Parents & Toddlers Group: Wednesday 21st March at 10:30am.

Bible Study Group: Wednesday 21st March at 7:30pm. Location to be confirmed.

Prayer & discussion group: meets on a Wednesday every fortnight at Louise's house. Next meeting 21st March.

Friday 23rd march 4pm: World's women day of prayer at St Francis Assisi Grove Crescent Road Stratford E15 1BJ

Saturday 24th March: Parish outreach meet at 10:45am for 11am


Sunday 25th March: Palm Sunday. CLOCKS GO FORWARD 1 HOUR

29th March Maundy Thursday: Fish & Chip meal with Communion. Starts 7pm. Help needed to set up tables.

30th March: Good Friday: Service at 10am for 1 hour. Join other Forest Gate Churches at Wanstead Flats at 12 noon for march

Sunday 1st April: Easter Service at 10:30


Wednesday 28th March & 4th April: No Parents & Toddlers Group for these 2 weeks due to building works.

Our Vision for St Matthew's

We are a church centred on prayer, worship and scripture & committed to God and to each other. Jesus's example motivates us to love, care for and support those in our local community and the wider world. We welcome everyone into our community of faith and aim to encourage and inspire so that all may flourish and grow.

Revision of Electoral Roll: This has now closed. Speak to Isobelle or Sandra W if you want to check whether you are on the Roll.

Please read the Notice Board every week for St Matthew's events for 2018.

Pick up a copy of 2018 event dates from the welcome desk.

2018 Year of Growth (Acts 2:42-end)

Are you growing in your walk with the Lord? What has changed? What has helped you?

The Food Bank: Please use the Box provided. See Noticeboard for full list of items needed. Please give to the less privileged.

Giving is part of our call to discipleship. You can give and support the Church regularly by setting up a Standing Order for St Matthew's Church. See Isobelle for information.

Facebook & Twitter: You can now follow what's happening at St Matthews by following us on Facebook & Twitter, keep yourself right up to date!

Visitors & New Members: Please sign our Visitors Book and collect a Welcome Pack.

Nominations for PCC Members: If you would like to serve on the Church Council (meetings are monthly, 10 meetings a year) pick up a Form from the Welcome Desk to complete.

Hospitality is a very important part of our Ministry: Everyone will be given the opportunity to be involved in various groups just as we discussed at the Event Planning meeting. Make sure you have picked up a copy of the meeting notes.

Talk to Rev. Christy about: Baptism, Wedding, Bible Study and Volunteering. See Our Contact page for how to get in touch